The son of a large-animal veterinarian, Dr. Martin Sieber received his undergraduate and graduate training in animal breeding in Germany. His doctoral studies near Munich focused on the relationship of lifetime productivity with conformation traits of dual-purpose cattle.
After finishing graduate studies, he investigated calving difficulty, conformation, and production relationships at Iowa State University. While there, he also participated in bovine mastitis research at the National Animal Disease Center in Ames, Iowa.
Prior to joining the National Association of Animal Breeders, Dr. Sieber was a research dairy scientist for 2 years at USDA's Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory. While there, he developed methodology to compare genetic evaluations of dairy cattle among countries as well as procedures for calculating conversion formulas.
At the National Association of Animal Breeders and Minitube, his primary focus was on development, administration, and implementation of international marketing programs to expand use of artificial insemination, U.S. livestock genetics, and animal breeding biotechnology.
Dr. Sieber has worked and is working directly with several USDA export promotion programs. His duties also have included developing educational material. At Minitube, he expanded his expertise to include reproductive biotechnology in conjunction with genetics and international marketing.
His work with international import organizations, agricultural ministries, and U.S. embassies has taken Dr. Sieber to over 70 countries.
As an independent livestock consultant, he has traveled and worked extensively in Asia and North and South America over the last 9 years. The most recent projects were carried out in the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico, Russia, Iraq, Turkey, Kazakhstan, United Arab Emirates and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
He is fluent in English and German (native) and competent in Spanish and Portuguese.
Dr. Sieber lives with his wife Katyan, who is from Brazil, and their two children Lorenz and Isabelle near Madison, Wisconsin.